I live roughly 30 miles from Springfield, MO and I must travel another 40 mile to get a clear view of the sky. . Even at that distance there is still a obvious light domes from Springfield and other smaller towns evident on the horizon. . How much power is wasted in the attempt to turn night into day? . I understand that there is a ever present need for security, but there is an equally important need to expose ourselves and especially our children to the wonders of the natural world. . The humble beginnings of my love for Astronomy began lying on a lawn chair in my backyard mapping and learning the constellations, finding Jupiter and it's four brightest moons with my Dad's beat up 7x35 field glasses and imagining how many stars it took to create the silver cloud of the milky way. . Today children ask "please show me a star." . It's nice to see the Missouri legislature attempt to implement policies to rectify this situation.